This post is sponsored by Poise® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
No, I am not even joking.
As you know, if you read my other post and or see my Instagram photos, I just had my daughter 3 weeks ago. And when you have children, nothing ever goes back the same way it was before, and that includes your bladder control. I literally stood up in the hospital after giving birth, started to pee and didn’t even have the urge; it just all came pouring out at once and I felt so embarrassed since I didn’t think it was normal, but, it turns out that it really was normal. I later learned that having an epidural can make it drastically worse since you just feel numb in that area.
This post is sponsored by Cord Blood Registry®, CBR®. All opinions are my own.
You’re about to be a parent to that cute little bundle of joy whose about to be your number one responsibility. There are so many things to do, so many things to research and you may be slightly overwhelmed. I get it, I really do. And if you made it here, you’re probably curious about Cord Blood Banking? I never really heard much about it when I had my first, otherwise, I probably would have opted to do it. Now that I am pregnant for the third time, I most likely will since there are so many potential benefits and it would bring me peace of mind.
What exactly is cord blood banking?
Cord blood banking is the process of collecting and storing your baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells for potential medical use. You can either donate it to a public bank where your baby’s cord blood is available for anyone who may need it. Or, you can use a family bank like Cord Blood Registry (CBR), where you can preserve your baby’s stem cells for potential future family use. Cord blood collection is a painless procedure for mother and baby since it only involves extracting the blood from the umbilical cord once it has been clamped and cut.
In about 7 weeks, we’ll be meeting our 2nd baby girl, which means I need to start thinking about what I need and don’t need for my labor and delivery hospital stay. Most people recommend a ton of useless things, but just remember, most of us will only be there 1 or 2 days so you don’t need to bring your whole house with you. But before we get into what you need to bring, let’s go over some things that your hospital may provide.
The items Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital provided to Me:
Mesh underwear: These things saved my panties from being ruined since you will be bleeding heavily and leaking. They gave me as many as I needed.
Hospital gown: I just stayed in these my entire stay because I kept leaking on them. If you’re not comfortable in the hospital gown, then bring something you’d like to lounge around in. I didn’t feel the need to ruin another clothing item that I’d have to have my husband take home to wash right away.
Non-skid socks: If you don’t have any of these, they make you wear theirs so that you don’t accidentally slip and fall. Liability reasons.
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Did you know that 32% of pregnant women experience pelvic girdle pain, otherwise known as symphysis pubis dysfunction? I didn’t even know such a thing existed until I was pregnant with my first daughter, and lucky me, I am experiencing it this time around too, only it came on quite a bit sooner than last time.
At 28 weeks, the excruciating pain from sudden movements, rolling over in bed, or even getting out of the car started. Anytime you have to spread your legs to move, you will feel this pain, and it is not pleasant, especially when you’re in bed sleeping and you’re already uncomfortable from the pressure of everything that’s going on in your growing belly.
Ohhh….. 3rd trimester, where you’re happy the end is almost near and you get to hold your adorable bundle of joy that you endured all the unpleasantries of pregnancy and birth for. LOL
Did you know that the first 6 months of a babies life is the crucial time for implementing good digestive health?
I won’t lie, I currently have to take an iron supplement because I am anemic which messes up the digestive system. Constipation from the overload of iron is unreal, which is why I take probiotics while pregnant. But did you know that probiotics can be passed onto the baby in the womb too? I HIGHLY recommend that ALL pregnant women take not only probiotics while pregnant but digestive enzymes as well, and continue to take them while nursing. They play a huge part in having a healthy baby!